It was a New Years’s Eve wedding to remember for Aisling & Ian. I had been checking the internet and making some phone calls for the previous few days – Athlone, like numerous other parts of the country was under a major flood alert. Luckily, the Shannon didn’t do its worst – and the immediate wedding locations, at least, were flood-free. Not everyone was so lucky, and when we arrived at the hotel, there were a few Civil Defence workers outside – ready for action, if necessary. The Shannon River had burst its banks with a new lake in front of the hotel – but luckily, it didn’t stretch beyond the edge of the car park.
However, apart from this scare – the rest of the day went well. Lots of scattered showers – and not too many sunny spells – but we managed to get through things with no real problems. I started at the bride’s old home in the morning with a quick detour to visit the groom and groomsmen. Then on to St. Mary’s Church – which was decorated with crib and Christmas tree, as well as the usual church candles and flowers. We did have a few dry patches, and managed a few quick photos before moving on. We had planned some photos in Athlone, but skipped these because of the weather.
The Shamrock Lodge Hotel was our final destination for the evening and all problems with the weather were forgotten by then.
Christmas tree in the background – behind the altar
The lovely little flower girl, Maeve, had a few small hesitations – but managed her job beautifully in the end
“Grow old with me – the best is yet to be”
Bride & Groom had wedding photos of their parents alongside the cake